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Liberty Downs Ball State, 2-1, in Travel-Shortened Game

February 25, 2017  Kissimmee, Fla.  RSS
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Autumn Bishop went 1-for-2 against Ball State on Saturday.

Autumn Bishop went 1-for-2 against Ball State on Saturday.

Liberty downed Ball State, 2-1, in five innings on Saturday at ESPN Wide World of Sports, in a game that was played with a drop time due to the Cardinals' travel plans.

Saturday's game began shortly before 2:30 p.m., and ended promptly at 4 p.m., as Ball State needed to catch a 6:55 p.m. flight. The Lady Flames (8-5) split two games on Saturday, beginning with a marathon, 10-inning 2-1 loss to No. 3/3 Florida. The Cardinals fall to 3-11, losing all four of their games by one run each at the Citrus Classic 1.

With the drop time approaching, Liberty rallied for a run in the bottom of the fourth. Zavodny doubled to left center with one out and Rylee Reynolds walked. See then singled on the infield, with Zavodny racing home from second with the go-ahead run. Huber kept it a one-run game, getting the next two batters out.

The Cardinals were unable to get anything going in the top of the fifth, as Friesen tossed a 1-2-3 inning. Liberty attempted to add to its lead in the bottom of the fifth, but a strikeout ended the rally. As the fifth inning ended at 3:59 p.m., the game was ended, giving Liberty a shortened 2-1 victory.

Liberty limited Ball State to two hits, as Kenzie Friesen (2-0) earned the win with four innings of one-hit relief, walking two and striking out two. Starter Elizabeth Engler allowed one run on one hit, walking one and striking out one in one inning of work.

Darcie Huber (3-3) drew the loss, giving up two runs on five hits, with three walks and five strikeouts in five innings of work.

Liberty's Emily Sweat batted 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI, while Tori Zavodny, Autumn Bishop and Deidra See had one hit apiece.

For Ball State, Rachel Houck went 1-for-3 with a double and one RBI, while Olivia Huffman added a single.

The Cardinals jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead, as Cadie O'Donnell drew a leadoff walk and scored on an RBI double by Houck. A Liberty error put runners on second and third with two outs, before Engler struck out Kennedy Wynn for the third out.

Liberty responded, as Robertson was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the first. After a sacrifice and fielder's choice, Sweat hit a double to left field, scoring Amber Bishop to tie the game.

Friesen came on in relief of Engler to start the second, and pitched to three batters in the inning.

Both pitchers settled in, leaving the score 1-1 through three and a half before Liberty rallied to go ahead.

The Lady Flames close out their time in Florida tomorrow, taking on Morgan State at 9:30 a.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Liberty downed the Bears, 9-1, in the teams' first meeting of the season, Feb. 12 in Clermont, Fla.